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  • #16
    Once again our fine government is in superb form! As they stuff their faces with fine foods this weekend another disaster of epic proportions has taken place on two fronts. South Asia and Guatamala.

    At first the government was quick to react (couple of days) and send a dismal 20million to a aid agency (U.N) wich just got lambasted for being disorganized and doing basically a crap job in the Tsunami Reilief effort.

    Some key things that survivors of these disasters require - medical attention, food&water. Canadas D.A.R.T team is able to supply these basic needs - heck they can set up a mini hospital and make fresh water. NO NO NO - lets keep them locked away until THEY ARE ASKED FOR!!! WHAT THE F*** are they supposed to be for.

    I am absolutly once again disgusted in our LIBERAL tuck your head in the sand - hope nobody notices me BS!

    I feel sorry for those affected by these tragedies - especially with a government that doesnt care and one that wont act on its own initiative. We have the resources, lets use them!

    What a bunch of MORONS!

    arghh - rant over!


    P.s. Thought I would post this before I posted the latest from our government minister!
    -I have learned people will forget what you said,
    -People will forget what you did,
    -But people will never forget how you made them feel!


    • #17
      No plans yet to deploy DART to Asia, feds say
      CTV.ca News Staff

      Ottawa is monitoring the situation in earthquake-ravaged South Asia, but there are currently no plans to deploy Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, says International Co-operation Minister Aileen Carroll.

      "What's important to note here is we're talking about a very politically sensitive area, the Kashmir area, an area with a lot of military from both countries," she told CTV's Canada AM Tuesday.

      Kashmir was divided between India and Pakistan by a 1972 ceasefire line called the Line of Control. Both countries claim the entire region as their own.

      "We would be very cognizant of those sensitivities with regard to Canadian military personnel in the area. So that is something we're just monitoring at this time," she said.

      Military officials have said the Department of National Defence is still deciding whether to send a reconnaissance military group to see whether the Disaster Assistance Response Team is needed, The Globe and Mail reported.

      After last year's tsunami in Asia, Canadian officials initially rejected the idea of sending DART because of cost and concerns about the safety of its troops.

      That decision prompted criticism about whether the military unit, formed specifically to respond quickly to disasters, was properly funded and adequately prepared.

      Carroll said Canada is doing everything it can to help with relief efforts, including a $20-million aid package.

      "(That) puts Canada ahead of any of the other G-8 countries on the per capita basis," she said.

      "I am very confident that the pledge we have made is a very generous one, putting us in the lead where we should be."

      Canada's commitment is earmarked for housing, food, clothing, fresh water and sanitation, and, later, for longer-term reconstruction efforts.

      The federal government has also decided to employ the same immigration measures that were put in place after the tsunami.

      New immigration applications from the disaster-stricken region were fast-tracked and the government waived applicants' processing and landing fees.

      On Monday, Ottawa upped its aid contribution for South Asia from an initial pledge of $300,000 after coming under fire for what some saw as a paltry initial response.

      The new figure came after senior federal cabinet ministers held a one-hour, closed door meeting with senior south Asian community leaders.

      Some still hoped for more.

      "I'm not satisfied with $20 million," Tariq Fatah, communications director of the Canadian Muslim Congress, told The Canadian Press.

      "This is an area of about 20 million people. ... The sheer rebuilding effort is going to take billions of dollars.

      "I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that this amount would reach the $100 million (mark) very soon," he added.

      Meanwhile, Prime Minister Paul Martin is set to meet with members of Toronto's Pakistani-Canadian community Tuesday to discuss Canada's role in the earthquake relief effort.

      There have also been discussions to send Defence Minister Bill Graham -- currently in Kandahar, Afghanistan -- to the disaster area.

      To make a donation to the earthquake relief effort, see CTV's special earthquake help page.

      I geuss only one country is facing a crisis in our dishounourable ministers eyes!
      -I have learned people will forget what you said,
      -People will forget what you did,
      -But people will never forget how you made them feel!


      • #18
        Martin pledges matching funds for South Asia aid
        CTV.ca News Staff

        All public donations made to the South Asian earthquake relief effort will be matched by the federal government, Prime Minister Paul Martin announced today.

        The matching fund is in addition to the $20 million dollars the federal government pledged Monday and a further $1 million made available to the Canadian Red Cross Society.

        "Canada is in many ways a microcosm of the world and when tragedy hits we feel it deeply," Martin told a news conference Tuesday.

        "So many Canadians of Pakistani origin, of Indian origin, have lost loved ones and it is our responsibility as a people to respond," he added.

        The government will match all public funds given from the day of the earthquake up to and including funds given on Tuesday, October 25.

        Martin's announcement came after he held a private meeting to discuss the disaster with members of Toronto's Pakistani community in Mississauga, Ont.

        He defended accusations that Canada's response was "too slow," insisting that the government had "reacted quickly."

        "Canada's contribution is the greatest of all the G8 countries," he told reporters.

        Canada will also lease two helicopters through the United Nations to assist in the aid operation for the next three months.

        More than 20 tonnes of winter blankets are already en route from Canada to the hardest-hit areas of Pakistan.

        A joint team of government officials will arrive in the region within the next 24 hours to assess what else Canada can do -- including the possibility of sending the disaster assistance response team.

        Immigration officials will also work to expedite family reunification cases for those affected by the tragedy, Martin said.

        Minister of Foreign Affairs Pierre Pettigrew told CTV News that Canada had acted "very quickly" following the earthquake.

        "Pakistan was very impressed with what the government of Canada has been doing," he said.

        "Funding will go to housing, it will go to water, food, and clothing."

        And International Co-operation Minister Aileen Carroll said Canadians could be sure that every dollar would go to where it was needed, provided they donated to legitimate organizations.

        "The organizations to which Canadians can donate in order to have us match are registered charitable organizations here in Canada," she told CTV News.

        "It's very important as well that Canadians earmark their donations for the relief efforts in Pakistan."
        September 11th - Never Forget

        I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

        Honorary Flatlander



        • #19
          Another child rescued

          Pakistani girl pulled out of quake rubble
          CTV.ca News Staff

          There was a bright moment Wednesday for rescuers looking for survivors of Saturday's earthquake in northern Pakistan, when a five-year-old girl was pulled out of the rubble, four days after her home crumbled on her.

          "I want to drink," the dust-covered girl named Zarabe Shah whispered to rescuers.

          Zarabe's father and two sisters were killed in the quake, but her mother and another two sisters survived.

          A day after bad weather temporarily grounded efforts, rescue work is resuming and aid is pouring into the affected regions.

          But reports from the scene indicate there are concerns about a lack of co-ordination, with supplies yet to reach some far-flung areas in the mountainous Pakistani Kashmir.

          Many bodies are still buried beneath piles of concrete, steel and wood. Four days after the quake rocked the region, hopes of finding more survivors are dimming.

          "Our resources are very stretched," said army Colonel Y.P. Sayyaj in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. "Every time we rush to one place we hear of another place that is worse.

          The United Nations, which estimates that some four million people have been affected, has appealed for $272 million for quake survivors. About 30 countries -- including the United States, Jordan, China, Russia, Iran, and Syria -- have sent relief equipment, medical staff, tents, blankets, medicine, and disaster relief teams. Many have also pledged financial assistance.

          Canada is dispatching Afghanistan-based Canadian Forces aircraft loaded with blankets to the affected area.

          Pakistan's longtime archrival India became the latest nation to deliver aid to survivors with a transport plane full of tents, medicine and other relief goods

          "Relief material is moving in," Jan Vandemoortele, UN Resident Coordinator for Pakistan said in Islamabad.

          "It is getting there. Roads are open now. They were blocked until very recently. We have several trucks that are all loaded and on the road now."

          U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Pakistan after saying Washington would likely add to the $50 million US it has committed to the quake recovery effort.

          Pakistan is the latest stop on Rice's tour of Asia, which was expanded to include the earthquake-damaged nation.

          As aid begins to trickle in, health experts are warning the Himalayan region could become a fertile breeding ground for disease. United Nations officials are warning of a growing threat of measles, cholera, and diarrhea outbreaks among the millions of survivors.

          There have been no reports of epidemic outbreaks so far, but the area's health infrastructure has completely collapsed, Vandemoortele said.

          Regional sanitation systems are damaged, hospitals have been destroyed, and victims are left without clean drinking water, making them more vulnerable to outbreaks.

          As well, nighttime temperatures are already falling to as low as 6 degrees Celsius and will drop even further by the end of the week.

          "Measles could potentially become a serious problem," said Fadela Chaib, a WHO spokeswoman in Geneva.

          "We fear that if people huddle closely together in temporary shelters and crowded conditions, more measles cases could occur."

          When the 7.6-magnitude quake struck on Saturday, whole communities were demolished, with the hardest-hit areas in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

          The UN estimates that some 4 million people have been affected, including 2 million who have been left homeless.

          The Pakistani government has put the official death toll at about 23,000 people and 47,000 injured. However, a senior army official who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he believed 35,000 to 40,000 people had died.

          In Indian-held Kashmir, authorities say at least 1,200 people are known to have died, but officials fear the number will rise.
          September 11th - Never Forget

          I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

          Honorary Flatlander



          • #20
            Just for you Dave ...

            DART ready if Pakistan needs it, says minister
            Last Updated Wed, 12 Oct 2005 12:34:20 EDT
            CBC News
            Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, also known as DART, stands ready to head to the earthquake disaster zone in Asia, Defence Minister Bill Graham said Wednesday. All that's needed is a request from Pakistan's government.

            A Canadian military reconnaissance team has left for Islamabad. The group is headed by Canada's top military officer in Afghanistan, Col. Steve Noonan, whose four-day fact finding mission is aimed at finding out "what type of assistance [Canada] can provide," said Graham.

            As many as 40,000 died when the 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday. The UN estimates two million were left homeless.

            Canada has said it will contribute $20 million to an earthquake relief fund.

            The DART team is on standby in Canada and airlift capacity for the life-saving facility is being arranged, said Graham.

            "We will have the capacity [to send the DART team to the disaster zone]," he said during a media briefing from Kabul. All that is needed is for Pakistan to make a "specific" request for DART. The response team includes an emergency medical facility, a water purification plant and an engineering operation.

            DART was most recently used this year in Sri Lanka, as part of the tsunami recovery. It was also used in an earthquake zone in Turkey in 1999. During that operation, DART treated more than 5,000 patients in its field hospital and produced more than 2.5 million litres of purified water.

            Although Graham was unsure whether the Pakistani government will ask for DART, the minister said he expects to hear more from Col. Noonan about what further aid Canada might contribute.
            September 11th - Never Forget

            I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

            Honorary Flatlander

            RAY WAS HERE FIRST


            • #21
              Aftershock jolts Pakistan as aid flows in
              CTV.ca News Staff

              There was more panic on Thursday for the hungry, homeless survivors of last weekend's deadly earthquake when an aftershock jolted parts of Pakistan.

              The 5.6-magnitude aftershock was centred 137 kilometres north of Islamabad, near the epicentre of Saturday's 7.6-magnitude quake that demolished towns mostly in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.

              The aftershock forced British, German and Turkish rescuers to suspend efforts to save a trapped 22-year-old woman from the rubble in Muzaffarabad. Rescuers said she died overnight.

              Since the main quake, there have been dozens of aftershocks in the region, including a 6.2-magnitude temblor.

              "They will go on for months, possibly years," Don Blakeman, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center, told the Associated Press.

              The UN's emergency relief chief, Jan Egeland, flew by helicopter to Muzaffarabad to assess relief efforts. He said he fears "we are losing the race against the clock in the small villages" cut off by blocked roads.

              Half of the buildings in the town were flattened and hope of finding survivors has dwindled. Britain's Department for International Development was pulling out its team of 60 search and rescue workers, said Rob Holden, the team leader for UN disaster assessment and coordination.

              "No one is giving up but it is the acceptance that the actual real chances of finding someone alive are almost nil, so we don't need all the specialist international teams," Holden said. There are still 18 international teams in the region.

              Two plane-loads of Canadian aid arrived in Pakistan yesterday and today, and an advance team of Canadian soldiers is on the ground in Islamabad, laying the groundwork should Canada decide to send the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the region.

              "What we'll be looking for is where we feel that we can be of the most benefit," Col. Steve Noonan, head of the military team, told CTV's Canada AM.

              "I was sent in because I'm also the commander of Task Force Afghanistan, and we have some military resources, as you know, located there and could provide quick response, followed up by ... soldiers, medical technicians and engineers from Canada."

              The quake's death toll was believed to be more than 35,000, and tens of thousands have been injured.

              The United Nations estimates some 4 million people have been affected, including 2 million who lost homes. They warned that measles and other diseases could break out.
              September 11th - Never Forget

              I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

              Honorary Flatlander

              RAY WAS HERE FIRST


              • #22
                D.A.R.T. is finally going ....

                Plane carries disaster relief team's gear to Pakistan
                Last Updated Sat, 15 Oct 2005 18:47:21 EDT
                CBC News
                A giant transport plane packed with equipment and supplies for Canada's disaster relief team has departed for Pakistan, while the bulk of the troops are getting ready to leave Sunday.

                INDEPTH: Canada's disaster-response team

                The Ukrainian Antonov AN-225 plane left Canadian Forces Base Trenton in Eastern Ontario at 10 a.m. EDT on Saturday, carrying 75 tonnes of cargo.

                The chartered plane was flying to Islamabad, where it will be met by the two dozen members of the Disaster Assistance Response Team who have been trying to determine how it can best help in the aftermath of last week's massive earthquake.

                RELATED STORY: Quake death toll nears 40,000

                The bulk of the team – about 200 troops – are scheduled to depart for Pakistan on Sunday evening.

                The six-engine Antonov, which is the biggest plane in the world, will need to make as many as four more flights to ferry all of DART's supplies to Islamabad.

                Prime Minister Paul Martin confirmed Friday that DART was being deployed, hours after Pakistani army officials said they were abandoning their search for survivors of the 7.6-magnitude quake.

                The prime minister said the advance team would go to Pakistan-controlled parts of the state of Kashmir, where the earthquake did the most damage, to help in the next stage of recovery.

                After the advance team prepares the way, the rest of the DART personnel will follow early next week, Martin said.

                Part of the military team's job will be to establish clean drinking water supplies and help set up makeshift villages for survivors as winter approaches.

                The 200 members of DART were last deployed after the Dec. 26 tsunami that swept over the shores of nations around the Indian Ocean.

                Last Saturday's disaster killed at least 25,000 people in Pakistan and 1,400 in India.

                Pakistani authorities estimated that two million people lost their homes.

                Tens of thousands of people were injured and many people remain without medical care, food or shelter.

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                September 11th - Never Forget

                I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                Honorary Flatlander

                RAY WAS HERE FIRST


                • #23
                  Sat. Oct. 22 2005 2:37 PM ET
                  One member of Canada's Disaster Assistance Relief Team examines one victim's injury.

                  DART team members Sgt. Will Smith, from St. Stephen, N.B., Wrt. Officer Bill Wyman, from Ottawa, and 2nd Lt. Zachary Zewwari, from Mississauga, look over a map of the disaster area during an operations briefing in Islamabad, Pakistan. (CP / Ryan Remiorz)

                  Sgt. Alain Beauvais, from Quebec City, with Canada's Disaster Assistance Response Team, gives a young girl a tetanus shot at a clinic run by Pakistani doctors from America in Gari Dupata, Pakistan Oct. 21, 2005. (CP PHOTO/Ryan Remiorz)

                  DART clinic opens to stream of quake patients
                  CTV.ca News Staff

                  The Canadian Disaster Assistance Response Team opened its field hospital near the epicenter of the south Asian earthquake on Saturday, two weeks to the hour after the disaster struck the region on Oct. 8.

                  A steady stream of patients with broken limbs, open head wounds and large gashes, most of them women and children, were waiting to be treated by the DART medics.

                  Seven-year-old Assad walked five kilometres with his grandfather, Babu Khan, to reach the clinic in Garidupata, Pakistan.

                  "The quake destroyed his school," explained Khan to CTV news. "His brother died, but he escaped."

                  The DART's clinic director, Dr. Sean Blundell, said he was relieved to finally be able to start helping these people who have received little or no treatment since the massive 7.6-magnitude quake.

                  "The med techs are happy, I'm happy, the medical nurses and officers are happy. It finally feels good to finally be able to get out there and do things," Blundell told CTV News.

                  Five people were admitted to the DART's small 20-bed overnight unit for observation.

                  The lineups continued to grow as the hours passed, although most of the injuries were relatively minor. The most serious cases have been airlifted to a hospital in Islamabad. But many of the seriously injured are feared to be trapped in the remote mountain villages.

                  CTV's Matt McClure made a five-kilometre hike with a team of medics to Kaladian, one of the cut-off communities.

                  "When we finally do reach the summit, it's a scene of destruction," McClure said. "Not one home is still standing."

                  Inside makeshift shelters, McClure and the team found people nursing infected wounds. The worst case was 14-year-old Sadakat. He was suffering from a fractured leg that wasn't properly set. His mother and sister were too weak to carry him towards help.

                  While critics have complained that the DART deployment was more a public relations exercise than a humanitarian effort, many lined up outside the unit's Garidupata clinic disagreed.

                  "There is no doctor here, no beds, no facilities," Robina Ateeq, the mother of a six-year-old burn victim who fell into a fire during the quake, told the Canadian Press.

                  "We're very happy the Canadians have set up a very good medical centre. There are many injured people who today are coming down from the hills."

                  Canadian medics, even those with recent disaster experience, said it's the first time they've seen so many broken bones and other trauma.

                  "We've never experienced this before with the DART, not to this level," Warrant Officer Christine Styles of Whitby, Ont. told the Canadian Press.

                  "It's unbelievable," said medical technician Nathalie Leclerc. "I expected this, but I was hoping it wouldn't be like this. It's hard to see such misery."
                  September 11th - Never Forget

                  I respect firefighters and emergency workers worldwide. Thank you for what you do.

                  Honorary Flatlander

                  RAY WAS HERE FIRST


                  • #24
                    this was out 10/31/05 -- This text is from a county emergency manager out in the western part of North Dakota state after the recent snow storm.
                    WEATHER BULLETIN
                    Up here in the Northern Plains we just recovered from a Historic event — may I even say a “Weather Event” of “Biblical Proportions” — with a historic blizzard of up to 24″ inches of snow and winds to 50 MPH that broke trees in half, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed all roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10’s of thousands.
                    George Bush did not come….
                    FEMA staged nothing….
                    No one howled for the government…
                    No one even uttered an expletive on TV…
                    Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards…..
                    No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House….
                    No one looted….
                    Phil Cantori of the Weather Channel did not come….
                    And Geraldo Rivera did not move in.

                    Nope, we just melted snow for water, sent out caravans to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars, fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Aladdin lamps, and put on an extra layer of clothes because up here it is ‘work or die’. We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for ’sittin at home’ checks.

                    Even though a Category “5″ blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early…we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

                    “In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% most of the world’s social problems evaporate.”
                    ALL GAVE SOME BUT SOME GAVE ALL
                    NEVER FORGET 9-11-01
                    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
                    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
                    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
                    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
                    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
                    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
                    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
                    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
                    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

                    Charleston 9
                    "If my job was easy a cop would be doing it."
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                    • #25
                      Tell him to take a ride to Waveland Mississippi and report back to us.
                      IAFF-IACOJ PROUD


                      • #26
                        Somewhat "Apples and Oranges", if you ask me......
                        Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

                        If all you have is a hammer, then your problems start to look like nails.

                        Southern Division.


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